The Ministry of Education and the cabinet are considering the new ministerial regulations on student hairstyles, which states that boys are not allowed to have hair longer than the nape of their neck and girls must keep their long hair in a proper style. Fashion haircuts or hair coloring are not allowed. The regulations will be enforced in the first semester of 2013.
On May 9, 2013, Ms. Panita Kambhu Na Ayutthaya, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education, said that the ministerial regulations on behavior and dress of students have been presented to Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, the Minister of Education, for his consideration. It is going to be submitted to the cabinet for approval as well. The content of the regulations can be categorized in three sections.
Section one is about student’s behaviors. It states that students and university students must conform to the rules of their educational institution. They must not skip classes or leave the schools without permission. They must not gamble, carry weapons or dangerous objects, show inappropriate amorous behavior in public, be involved with the sex trade, leave their residences at night and create trouble for themselves and others. Schools can provide any other regulations for student behavior as long as they do not contradict these ministerial regulations.Section two is about clothing. School and university students must dress appropriately and suitably for their age. They must not wear outfits that destroy the good reputation of their schools. They must conform to the rules of uniform and must not put on make-up or any decorative items on their body, except when necessary.
Section three is about hairstyle. Students should have hairstyles that are appropriate and polite. Boys can have hair on the sides and backs of their heads no longer than the nape of their neck or they can have hairstyles that are short at the back and longer on top. Girls can have short or long hair, but if they have long hair, they are not allowed to perm, dye, or cut their hair in a fashion style. However, these regulations are not applied to students studying in non-formal systems of education. In their cases, the students should follow the dress code of their institutions. However, if students need to have hairstyles different from the regulations because of their religion or cultural reasons, the school should consider their requests sympathetically. Educational institutions can establish dress codes of their own, as long as they do not contradict the ministerial regulations. Ms. Panita said that the regulations are going to put into force in the first semester of 2013.